• Small Business Saturday helps local merchants compete during holiday

    by  • November 28, 2013

    State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is urging shoppers to spend their holiday dollars locally this week in honor of national ‘Small Business Saturday’ efforts to help community businesses thrive this holiday season. Small Business Saturday gives shoppers a chance to support hardworking retailers in their community, further investing in their livelihoods by keeping...

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    Wall of storms threatens to upend holiday travel

    by  • November 27, 2013

    A wall of storms packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans for Americans as millions take to the roads, skies and rails for Thanksgiving. So far, the deadly storms barreling into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have not resulted in many flight delays or cancellations, but forecasters are expecting the weather to...

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    Bill would eliminate parental permission for FOID cards

    by  • November 27, 2013

    Adults between 18 and 21 would no longer need parents’ written permission to possess firearms and ammunition under a local lawmaker’s proposal. House Bill 3762, filed Friday by state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, lowers to 18 the age that parental permission is required as a condition for obtaining a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. Under...

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    Car/deer collisions down in Illinois

    by  • November 27, 2013

    Illinois officials are reminding drivers to be alert for deer on the roadways during what they say is the one of the most active periods of the year for wildlife. The Illinois Department of Transportation released figures Tuesday showing a decline in fatal crashes involving deer. Such crashes caused four people’s deaths last year,...

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    FSA committee ballots being reissued

    by  • November 27, 2013

    The USDA Farm Service Agency announced that the Marion County committee election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4, 2013,  were incorrectly printed with the producer’s name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy...

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